Florida Department of Health Issues Rabies Warning Around Disney World

Guests to Disney World’s Epcot park have been on high alert after learning that a case of rabies was confirmed in the park’s area last week.

Florida Department of Health in Orange County issued a 60-day rabies alert for the area on Tuesday after a nearby feral cat tested positive for the disease, according to Miami Herald.

The alert is for a two-mile radius around the intersection of Interstate 4 and Epcot Center Drive. This area includes several resort hotels and Disney’s Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health told Newsweek that two Disney cast members came in contact with the rabid cat. Both employees have since returned to work.

“Contact with feral cats, stray dogs and all wildlife particularly raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats and coyotes should be avoided,” the Department of Health said in a statement. “The public is asked to maintain a heightened awareness that rabies is active in this area of southwest Orange County.”

Rabies is spread through saliva and humans can contract the disease through a bite wound or scratch. Initial symptoms — including weakness, fever and dizziness — may be mistaken for the flu.

If you come in contact with an animal in the area, wash the wound with soap and water, seek medical attention and call Orange County Animal Services at 407-254-9150.

The health department also encouraged those with pets to make sure their animals are vaccinated against the disease.

Rabies is a disease that can turn fatal if left untreated for just seven days. For more information, here’s a guide to everything you need to know about the rabies vaccine.